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The Smart Guide to Developing Driver Standards for Employees
When it comes to your business, keeping your employees safe is no doubt one of your top priorities. It’s why you have workplace safety regulations, and should the unexpected happen, business insurance.
But what about outside your workplace? If your business requires staff to operate a motor vehicle at all, it’s important to create a plan for ensuring their safety. Read these tips for developing driver standards to keep both your employees — and the other drivers on the road — as safe as possible.
Check records. Your prospective employee’s driving history can be a strong indicator of their future driving record, which is why it’s so important to check into it. Motor vehicle records (MVR) are kept on file in every state where your employee holds a driver’s license — so make use of them! These records will show whether their license has been revoked, suspended or if the driver has received any traffic violations or has been involved in any traffic-related accidents.
To obtain an MVR, contacting your state agency or your insurance agent is your best bet. And in order to access a record you will need to know the individual’s name, date of birth, address and driver’s license number.
Mandate safety. After you check out your prospective employee’s MVR, it’s important to establish guidelines to help determine if they should be considered for a job that will require them to operate a vehicle. For example, guidelines that might disqualify an employee from a driving position might include:
- A driving while intoxicated conviction in the past three years
- Three serious violations, such as reckless driving or following too closely, during the past three years
- Two accidents within the past three years
- License suspension due to traffic violations in the last three years
Keep tabs. After you go through the necessary background checks and the employee is cleared to start driving, consider evaluating their current driving records on a regular basis. That way, you can ensure they still meet your safe driving requirements after they’ve been hired.
Require experience. If your business requires the use of large passenger vans, it’s important to understand the safety precautions you and your employees can take to keep everyone in the vehicle safe. Remember, only experienced drivers should operate fully loaded vans, and should understand and be familiar with the handling characteristics of these types of vehicles.
Great job on staying proactive when it comes to your business and its employees! With a little time and persistence, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve got the right drivers on your side.